Today is Day 60, which is one-third of the academic year. Therefore, today would mark the end of the trimester for schools on an early start calendar. But for schools that start after Labor Day, such as my second district, this marks the end of the quarter.
I want to discuss some of the math materials that I've seen while subbing this week. Yesterday, I mentioned that I was in an integrated math class. But now one might wonder, since most textbooks in this country aren't integrated, what text do the students in this class use?
Well, apparently the students learn out of various packets. The packet I saw today was published by the Center of Mathematics and Teaching, Inc., and titled Mathlinks. It is labeled 8-5, which stands for the fifth packet for the eighth grade, and the subject is "Expressions and Equations (Part) 2."
The first thing that we notice is that even though this is a ninth grade class, the packet is apparently for eighth graders. Not only that, but the back of the packet lists the Common Core Standards included within, and many of them are for sixth and seventh grades. The justification for having so many earlier standards is that it is "Review of content essential for success in 8th grade":